The belief that it is the moderate middle who will decide the outcome of Election 2020 is a deeply ideological stance.
The zigzagging nature of the Christchurch Call To Action’s content reflects the genuine tension that exists on this subject.
Only six months ago, the jury was still out on whether the Ardern government would enter the history books as a radical force for change, or as mere tinkerers with the status quo…
In the wake of the Christchurch mosque shootings, there is now a strong political appetite for some sort of regulatory action.
With the wisdom of hindsight, the Labour/Greens combo never did have the numbers to get a meaningful capital gains tax (CGT) across the line…
It is also difficult to imagine that even a moral lecture by a New Zealand PM would do much to improve the lot of the persecuted, or make the tyrants mend their ways
Yesterday Jacinda Ardern announced an inquiry into the background to the mosque attacks and into the role played by the SIS, GCSB, Police, Customs, and Immigration.
Mark Taylor, the Kiwi recruit to ISIS, ultimately put himself in the hands of the Kurdish forces in northern Syria. That was smart of him, and/or lucky.
The scandal now engulfing Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party is the kind of train wreck that confirms the public’s worst feelings about politicians and their back-room dealings.
If New Zealand’s relations with China are ‘deteriorating’ then you still need a microscope to detect the signs.
The ‘wellbeing budget’ sounds like a marketing slogan… It’s just as easy to forget that GDP – the common measure of how well an economy is performing – is also a marketing device
Earlier this year, PM Jacinda Ardern’s harmonious meeting with Emmanuel Macron was deemed to be the most important political coup of her entire trip to Europe.
Mahathir Mohamad has exposed how New Zealand is trying to make a virtue out of sitting on the fence over the South China Sea dispute
Kicking the problematic cases upstairs for the Minister to operate as some kind of ‘last chance saloon’ is to turn the deportation decision into a lottery.
Dutifully, the Pacific Islands Forum meeting is described each year as the region’s most important gathering of leaders…
For reasons that amount to little more than a prolonged political sulk over last year’s election result, the corporate world is talking itself into a tantrum.
The recent upsurge in asylum seekers is only a fraction of the 1,643,679 people who sought asylum in fiscal year 2000 without the US sinking under the weight.
As PM Jacinda Ardern said yesterday, targets alone are not enough.
Once every decade, the Kurds flicker across the Western world’s radar, usually in the role of victims.
Some would querulously ask, zero net carbon emissions by 2050 – while others would say, why not?
Shane Jones has made it clear that he’s going to be saying really, really loudly what he and Winston and the rest of the NZF crew are doing.
Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them.
Trump has welshed on the Manus deal to Australia… On the weekend, Turnbull humiliated Jacinda Ardern in turn, by once again rejecting New Zealand’s offer.
For some people, words like ‘tax’ and ‘regulation’ and ‘government intervention’ are fighting talk.
As NZ has woken from its nine-year slumber to confront National’s dire legacy of social and economic neglect, the changes are going to be extensive.
So far, Labour’s tax plans have been treated like an incoming hurricane in the Caribbean – how big will it be, what path it take through the economy, how much damage will it do?
One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “ Now, what?”